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|CSM Number : 144|
|Short name:||The Fierce Bull that was Tamed||Alternative:||Fierce bull is tamed|
|Incipit:||Con razon é d’ averen gran pavor|
|Refrain:||Con razon é d’ averen gran pavor/ as bestias da Madre daquel Sennor/ que sobre todas cousas á poder.|
|Summary of narrative|
|Setting:||: Plasencia||Protagonist(s):||a good man of Plasencia|
There was a good man in Plasencia who was generous and devoted to the Virgin. He always fasted on the vigils of her feast days and he heard her hours.
There was also a knight in Plasencia who was getting married. He had bulls brought into the city for the wedding.
The knight had the fiercest bull set loose to run in a square in front of the good man’s house. The latter had no interest in the spectacle, but went outside to visit a close friend of his, a priest named Matthew.
As soon as the good man had gone outside, the bull lunged at him and tried to gore his back.
Matthew, the priest, seeing this from a window, asked the Virgin to save his friend. The Virgin made the bull fall to the ground and lie prostrate as if about to die. It stayed in this position until the good man reached the priest’s house and was escorted inside.
Afterwards, the bull got up and never harmed anyone from that time on.
|Stanza:||10 10 10 10||Refrain:||10 10 10|
|No. of Stanzas:||12|
|Rhyme scheme:||AAB | cccb||Zejel:||Yes|
|bull, canonical hours, fasting, feast day, knight, marriage, priest|
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